At the end of the previous episode of “CSI: Miami“, several prisoners staged a jailbreak and escaped; as you may have guessed from the title of this week’s installment, the team has been tasked with aiding the manhunt of said prisoners. What you probably didn’t expect is that one of the recent escapees is a dark figure from Horatio’s past (these guys just keep popping up) who starts going on a mysterious, murderous rampage. For more details and an episode breakdown, keep on reading…
- Director: Don Tardino
- Written By: Marc Dube
- Cast: David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez, Eva LaRue, Jonathan Togo, Rex Linn, Omar Benson Miller, Robert LaSardo
Episode Title: “Manhunt”
Thanks to the prison break at the end of the last episode, the CSI team and the Miami police are working overtime to catch the escaped convicts. Horatio nabs one in a bus, but the man who murdered his wife – Memmo Fierro- is still loose. Fierro steals a man’s boat and kills him, not knowing that his wife is watching. He then leaves stolen jewelry with his ex-girlfriend before breaking into a hospital and shooting two nurses, sparing a new nurse. Fierro escapes by hiding in a garbage truck, then kills his ex-girlfriend’s case worker.
The CSI team figure out he’s going after his daughter, Elsa, and getting revenge on everyone who wronged her. Fierro then attacks Elsa’s foster mom, who accidentally burned Elsa – however, he doesn’t actually kill her, only wounding her instead. We find out that Elsa’s actual mom broke in briefly to be near Elsa, but she had nothing to do with any of the murders. It turns out Elsa’s been kidnapped by the head of the adoption agency, who plans to sell her to a rich family; the CSI team and Fierro show up to get her back, and Fierro holds the man hostage and runs off (later murdering him) while Elsa is reunited with her mom.
- Reverse Psychology: This episode was a neat reversal of the classic “Someone’s dead, we gotta find the killer” CSI plotline: Everyone knows who the killer is, but this time they have to figure out who he’s going to kill next and why the heck he wants to do it in the first place. Usually these kinds of reverse murder mysteries revolve around serial killers who leave lots of helpful clues, so it was nice to see an actual motive (getting revenge on his daughter’s wrongdoers) for a change.
- When Did You Start Working Here?: Fierro’s brutal slaying of two nurses may be the most ridiculously over-the-top way of getting revenge ever devised. He had no way of knowing whether the nurses in question had anything to do with his daughter, or whether they even came to work the day she was turned away. We get it, he’s eeeeeevil – but he doesn’t have to be an idiot.
- The Magic Mini-Computer: This episode doesn’t feature the usual floating wall computer of doom, but rather a smaller, portable model that possesses just as much godlike ability. It manages to figure out exactly what logo a single, tiny, faded piece of paper belongs to within literally seconds of searching, a feat of graphical analysis that would take a normal, real-world computer several hours to get close to.
- Nobody Messes with H: So apparently they’re just letting Horatio get away with whatever the hell he wants now: In this episode, he actually threatens to murder a man right in front of all his colleagues, and none of them say squat. Sure, the guy in question killed H’s wife, but there are certain things you aren’t allowed to do as a cop and promising to kill people is definitely one of them.
- “There are two ways off this bus: Slowly and quietly, or feet first. You decide.”
- “My name is Aaron Tabor. You have to arrest me.”
- “Unfinished business, Horatio… Caine. And this is my rainy day.” “Yes, and if I catch you it’ll be your last.”
- “Memmo, I’m going to kill you for that.”
- “I’m going to take their spreadsheets and hang them with them!”
While the episode kept the action pretty constant throughout, it never seemed to gel together – partly because Fierro is not a terribly intimidating villain, partly because there wasn’t much fun banter, and mostly because it all seemed rushed. It’s not terrible, but you could skip it without missing much.
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